Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield - Mission

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Mission Objectives

On December 19, 2012, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield launched aboard a Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS). On March 2013, he became the first Canadian Commander of the ISS.

Length of the mission: 5 months
Landing date: May 13, 2013


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In the News

Contests and Quizzes

Chris Hadfield's Profile

Hadfield strums a Larrivée Parlor guitar from Larrivée Guitars

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Catching free-flying spacecraft with Canadarm2.

See mission's Robotics section

FAQ - Living in Space

In your Classroom

  • Bring space science into the classroom with two 3D educational resources
  • Let's Talk Science and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA): Bringing Space to Classrooms
  • Eddy's Space Adventure
  • NFB Space School: An Interactive Learning Experience in Collaboration with the CSA

Hadfield tweets with Starfleet

Twitter feed between Hadfield and Starfleet

Image of a tweet from William Shatner to Commander Hadfield from January 3, 2013: "@Cmdr_Hadfield Are you tweeting from space? MBB" (Credit:

View the conversation with Starfleet

Living in Space

Around the Mission